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Introduction Story-Telling for Beginners (Science-students)


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This 6-week course provides students in the Faculty of Science with a basic understanding of narrative and story-telling. It will offer an introduction in structuralist narratology, and compare the structure of narrative, as a model to endow the world with meaning, with that of the database. The course will train students in analyzing the structure of stories (in visual media), and offer tools to interpret and problematize the social and cultural values expressed in these narratives. In addition, the student will learn how to generate stories with the help of a digital tool, and evaluate the qualities of the result. The course will discuss work by Bal, Campbell, Manovich, Propp, etc.

Course objectives

After this course, students are able
-to analyze the different levels of a narrative (fabula, story, text);
-to offer an interpretation of the social and cultural values expressed in a narrative text;
-to reflect on the narrative qualities of a narrative text;
-to reflect on the social and cultural values expressed in a narrative text.


The timetable is available on the website.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Three assignments (30%, 30%, 40%).


A resit is offered for all assignments.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Will be made available on Blackboard

Reading list

To be announced


Enrolment through uSis for classes, exams and final papers is mandatory.

Contact information

For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher Ms I. Hoving

Student administration: Van Wijkplaats
Coordinator of studies: ms. drs. E.M.T.Poolman


For more information please check the website of the study program Film and Literature Studies